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  • Marine Park10.84 km
  • 5-star Resort

    Japamala Resort by Samadhi

    Kampung Lanting, Pulau Tioman, Kampung Genting, Tioman Island, Malaysia, 86800 - See map

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    "The room we had was very nice, it had a living area, a balcony, a huge bathroom and a large bedroom."
    Yock Y. - July 2, 2018
    Exceptional reputation
    Recommended by 94% of guests
    Exceptional comfort
    9.3 room quality and comfort
    Fantastic breakfast
    92% positive mentions
    Exceptional service
    9.1 rating for service
    • Airport transfer

    • Private beach

    • Hot tub

    • Air conditioning

    • Daily housekeeping

    Cheaper than 81% of all properties in Tioman Island in the last 24 hoursCompared to 74 Tioman Island properties at Agoda for various dates
    Value for money8.2
    Location rating9.0

    Rooms available at Japamala Resort by Samadhi

    9.3
    Exceptional
    Room comfort & quality
    Penghulu's House
    Penghulu's House
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    • Room size: 140 m²/1507 ft²
    • Beach view
    • 1 king bed & 2 single beds
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    Seaview Sarang
    Seaview Sarang
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    • Room size: 75 m²/807 ft²
    • Ocean view
    • 1 king bed
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    Jungle Luxe Sarang
    Jungle Luxe Sarang
    ...
    • Room size: 65 m²/700 ft²
    • Nature view
    • 1 king bed
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    Tree top Chalet
    Tree top Chalet
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    • Room size: 50 m²/538 ft²
    • Nature view
    • 1 king bed
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    Sea Cliff Chalet
    Sea Cliff Chalet
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    • Room size: 45 m²/484 ft²
    • Sea view
    • 1 king bed
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    Hillside Sarang
    Hillside Sarang
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    • Room size: 65 m²/700 ft²
    • Nature view
    • 1 king bed
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    Luxe Tree Top Sarang Room
    Luxe Tree Top Sarang Room
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    • Room size: 55 m²/592 ft²
    • Nature view
    • 1 king bed
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    CHALET Luxe Tree-Top Sarang
    CHALET Luxe Tree-Top Sarang
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    • Room size: 40 m²/431 ft²
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    Luxury Room(jungle,sarang)
    Luxury Room(jungle,sarang)
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    • Balcony/terrace
    • Shower
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    Sarang
    Sarang
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    • Balcony/terrace
    • Shower
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    Frequently asked questions

    What time is check-in and check-out at Japamala Resort by Samadhi?

    Check-in is from 2:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:00 PM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The front desk is always open, day or night.

    How do I get to Japamala Resort by Samadhi?

    Japamala Resort by Samadhi is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind with the additional charge of MYR 1300. Just use the Let us know what you need section of the booking page to let the hotel know you want a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. A stay at Japamala Resort by Samadhi also comes with easy access to the neighborhoods around the hotel through the property's convenient shuttle service. For those who wish to drive their own cars, Japamala Resort by Samadhi has a car park available for guests. Car parking is free for guests.

    What is the smoking policy at Japamala Resort by Samadhi?

    Japamala Resort by Samadhi does permit smoking in some areas and is not 100% smoke-free. The property offers its guests both smoking and non-smoking rooms. You can request your preferred room type during booking, but please keep in mind that rooms are subject to availability.

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    • 10.0
      Exceptional
      Staff 

      "I can not express how friendly, inviting and personable the staff was."

      Randy

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      December 26, 2016

    • 7.6
      Very good

      "Very pretty resort, very decent food, good for romantic gateway"

      Lionel

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      June 30, 2016

    • 8.8
      Excellent

      "Great place with nice view, quiet and good privacy."

      Wing L.

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      August 5, 2018

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    8.9/10
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    9.3/10
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    8.2/10
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    9.0/10
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    9.6
    Exceptional

    "From the beautiful and serene surroundings to the kind and h..."

    Deanna

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    February 27, 2018

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    Most talked about facilities

    Food & Dining
    31 mentions
    Beach
    21 mentions
    Swimming Pool
    7 mentions
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    What they offer

    8.4
    Excellent

    "Minimum staffing but with great service and availability of ..."

    Esther

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    July 15, 2016

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    Food and dining

    Breakfast options

    American
    Asian
    Continental
    Vegetarian

    Restaurants on site

    Tamarind Tioman
    Cuisine:Asian, Indonesian, International
    Menu:Buffet
    Il Tiempo
    Cuisine:Italian
    Menu:Buffet

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    Reviews of Japamala Resort by Samadhi from real guests

    Overall rating
    8.8
    Excellent
    From 509 reviews
    9.3Room comfort and quality
    9.2Service
    9.0Cleanliness
    Agoda Reviews (389)Booking.com Reviews (120)
    Rating via Agoda8.8
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    10
    Cleanliness8.9
    Facilities8.3
    Location9.0
    Room comfort and quality9.3
    Service9.1
    Value for money8.2
    High score for Tioman Island
    Rating
    9+ Exceptional (190)
    8-9 Excellent (93)
    7-8 Very Good (27)
    6-7 Good (15)
    <6 Below Expectation (24)
    Time of the year
    Mar - May (71)
    Jun - Aug (73)
    Sep - Nov (93)
    Dec - Feb (112)
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    7.6
    Very good
    Trang from United States
    Solo traveler
    Tree top Chalet
    Stayed 3 nights in June 2019

    Not as good as expected”

    Japamala is a high end place for mostly couples who do not like too much activities such as swimming/snorkeling/diving. Japamala is a quiet place where people sit around on lounge chairs all day long, reading or watching the ocean. The bungalows are large, beautiful but have issue. The A/C was not strong enough to cool up a large wooden unit. The A/C got overheated often (after running for close to 1 hour) and turned off automatically. Once the A/C power got low or turned off, it needed to be turned on again. As the bungalows are in wood, the A/C did not make the room very cool. In order to cool off the bungalow with low A/C, all window coverings needed to be close to prevent the sun to come in, making the room very dark. Paying a high price for the accommodation, I felt going on a tiptoe to make the A/C running. It was a terrible feeling for the guest to accommodate the room and not the other way around the room to accommodate the guest.

    Reviewed July 06, 2019
    8.4
    Excellent
    Miguel from United Kingdom
    Couple
    Sea Cliff Chalet
    Stayed 4 nights in June 2019

    Slight improvements needed”

    Very good overall, however the resort does not quite reflect the cost. Slight improvements are needed and attention to detail must be enforced. We really like the food and the hard working and friendly staff but we also noted overworked staff not fully engaged with guests. We believe management needs to consider extra staff during the breakfast time and around the beach cabanas as it felt like were not properly looked after. This would be in a 2 or 3 start resort but a 5 start resort should exceed a customer expectations and go the extra mile. Additionally, we felt like the boat transfer from the nearby Genting village to the hotel should be free of charge as boat is the only reliable a d easy accessible method of transport to the resort. We will be back

    Reviewed June 10, 2019
    2.0
    Ravi from Singapore
    Family with young children
    Penghulu's House
    Stayed 2 nights in April 2019

    Simply sont waste your time here”

    This resort claims they are 5 star. They have no stable electric facility and no internet. Be prepared for blackouts and suffer in the pitch darkness for many hours. They do not even have a back up generator Dont bother to stay here i do not want to write much as i am frustrated i spend $1500 for 2 night for this trash of a place. Please skip this resort there are much better resorts in tioman way cheaper and more reliable

    Reviewed April 18, 2019
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Finn from Germany
    Couple
    Sea Cliff Chalet
    Stayed 2 nights in April 2019

    Amazing location with luxury elements and amazing staff ”

    This was my second visit at this resort. Everybody is just amazing, especially Aruni the manager and Rashid from Bangladesh in housekeeping. So friendly,helpful and always smiling. He really brings everything you need for a company like this!! Food amazing, drinks tasty and the sea cliff chalet is super beautiful. Nice clean Beach, will definetly come back again. Greetings from Germany!

    Reviewed April 11, 2019
    9.2
    Exceptional
    Yock from Singapore
    Couple
    Tree top Chalet
    Stayed 1 night in June 2018

    Beautiful resort, helpful and friendly staff ”

    The resort is an eco resort and is quite luxurious. We had originally booked a sea cliff room but got a jungle sarang instead. The issue seemed to have been on the Agoda platform as the resort had gotten the booking in the system as jungle sarang. As the resort was full and the jungle sarang was a bigger room, we had no choice but to accept it. The staff at the resort was apologetic and nice about it and are also trying to find out what happened to the booking. Other than that. We enjoyed the experience. The beach was clean with crystal clear water. We saw great corals, fishes, stingray, even a turtle while snorkeling. The room we had was very nice, it had a living area, a balcony, a huge bathroom and a large bedroom. It was a giant tree house and was quite an experience. They made quite an effort for the food and it was rather enjoyable. But the whole fish at market price was not worth it as it did not taste fresh and was pricey.

    Reviewed July 02, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Fathin from Singapore
    Couple
    Sea Cliff Chalet
    Stayed 3 nights in November 2017

    Exceptional”

    All staffs are commendable for their warmth and friendliness right from the ones that is responsible fetching to and fro with the speedboat. Hats off them being a superb multitasking in different scope. I see passion and teamwork that keeps them going. That makes our stay even worth in that tranquil location. Thank You!

    Reviewed November 10, 2017
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Hishamuddin from Malaysia
    Family with teens
    Penghulu's House
    Stayed 2 nights in June 2016

    Perfect place to hang out with family.”

    If the flight service is available...would give perfect 10 to the vacation at Japamala...however travelling by speedboat from Mersing is not that bad either....only 4 and half hour travel by road from KL to Mersing a bit of a challenge. Once you arrive...you forget about the journey...only the destination. Memorable....unforgettable.

    Reviewed June 06, 2016
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Foo from Malaysia
    Couple
    Tree top Chalet
    Stayed 3 nights in January 2015

    Heaven on Earth!”

    Serenity, Staff Performance and Seclusion

    It was excellent, the team that is behind the resort provide us with excellent services. From knowing each name personally, customizing food and entertainment according to our preferences. Due to the absence of telco signal on the island, you will enjoy the serenity and seclusion that is provided by the island. It is the place to be if you need to disconnect from the world just to be with your significant other. Kudos once again to the team, I would certainly come back to the resort if given the chance.

    Reviewed September 03, 2015
    9.3
    Exceptional
    Rahiza from Malaysia
    Couple
    Jungle Luxe Sarang
    Stayed 3 nights in January 2015

    Amazeballs!!!”

    Beautiful scenery, cozy room, fantastic service

    We had great pleasure staying at Japamala although it was monsoon season. The view is simply breathtaking..the staff are amazing..they really pay attention to every little details to make ur stay a pleasant ones..the food is delicious..a lil bit pricey but it suits the quality of the food served..the room is superb..extremely cozy..the housekeeping staff ensure that the room is tidy..smelling great at all times..the candles are lit..cold drinking water is replenish..The staff..James, Ayuni, Mike, Zamani and Sam were ever so helpful and friendly..we felt we were at home.. When we first arrive in our Jungle Luxe Sarang..we were welcomed by a fruit basket and coconut lengkong..the lengkong is simply delicious so we thought of ordering it from the menu on the next day..but James told us that the kueh is not avaiable in the menu..to our surprise..the next day..someone knocks on our door and delivered our coconut lengkong!!! Tq James!! U r awesome!! We have enjoyed our stay at Japamala and hope to go there again...a great resort if u r looking for tranquility and total relaxation..

    Reviewed January 22, 2015
    8.7
    Excellent
    Kulnan from Thailand
    Couple
    Seaview Sarang
    Stayed 3 nights in January 2014

    Excellent, but need to know what to expect”

    Staff, staff, and staff

    Overall this has been a great stay. Service is excellent - Aruni, Mike, and all the staff have been extremely accommodating of every request possible. Very courteous and friendly but not overly overdoing it. I think the service is overall the part that made this stay very comfortable and smooth. Room is good - The sea view Sarang is large, naturally built. The room is made from wood and in some area in need of renovating and repair. There is an outdoor tub connecting to the room and a large balcony with another dip pool with waterfall. The area has a few insects like ants around, so if you are freaked out with this kind of thing, then this is not a place for you. Surrounding - The hotel is at the beach, beautiful area, not much snorkelling opportunity in terms of coral but many fish around. Food - We ate mostly on Mandi Mandi on the jetty, super nice setting on the beach, food is good. Activity - This place is for relaxing, food, and spa. They do arrange boat trips as well. There is no in house diving center but they do arrange dive trip with other dive centers.

    Reviewed February 06, 2014
    9.3
    Exceptional
    huang from Singapore
    Couple
    Hillside Sarang
    Stayed 1 night in May 2013

    fantastic!! definately a wonderful trip.”

    superb view, super nice food and superb relax environment

    this is definately a great hotel. however, the only draw back is that, been surronded by forest. there tends to have lots and lots of flies. We booked hill side sarang and ended up not using the pool, as there's just too much flies out there.

    Reviewed June 30, 2013
    8.7
    Excellent
    Sau from United Kingdom
    Couple
    Hillside Sarang
    Stayed 3 nights in November 2012

    Quiet resort with a castaway feel”

    Quiet resort on a beautiful island

    Such a beautiful island. Well worth a visit (and may be more return visits to come) after first hearing about this paradise more than 20 years ago. Resort is small and really quiet, and facilities frankly not that great. But that is how I like it, without the trappings of the big brand names. The hillside sarang is really well designed in Malay style (I suppose), great for a getaway for doing absolutely nothing! Nice fruits and food as well, and surprisingly at very affordable price.

    Reviewed November 12, 2012
    9.3
    Exceptional
    Wei from Malaysia
    Couple
    Tree top Chalet
    Stayed 2 nights in September 2012

    Great place to stay”

    Simple, Cosy & Clean

    We enjoyed our stay. Staff were nice and friendly. Unfortunately, there is no phone reception at all in the island. If you want to experience fishing squid at night, you can try it at the jetty. Bring along your fishing gear....

    Reviewed September 18, 2012
    9.7
    Exceptional
    wong from Malaysia
    Family with young children
    Tree top Chalet
    Stayed 1 night in September 2012

    Tioman's best secret resort~”

    own private beach,Snorkeling

    We took a very early morning trip from mersing jetty to genting village at around 6.30am. Reach genting village at about 8.30am, we didnt need to wait long and japamala speedboat arrived. Finally reached Japamala’s very own jetty, the water beneath so clear that we could see colorful fishes swimming and even live coral. The jetty also serves as one of their dining place, Mandi Mandi Restaurant where you can dine under the sky, or better, stars if you’re lucky! we then brought to reception area with built as a glass house.We were served lemongrass welcome drink. We only had 3 days 2 night at here. First night, we stayed at tree top chalet,with no#13, i think thats the best room with best view for tree top chalet, thanks Aruni for the arrangement. WE love mandi mandi restaurant, and met a very nice friendly staff , Jon, who is from Myanmar. The staff there are very thoughtful, and even gave my 2 kids a beach play set and ball,to my 2 kids when they had nothing to play at the beach. We met nice family who are from itali too, they will have a conference at singapore soon. Very amazing that they took 3 weeks to travel all around Malaysia before they reach japamala. Second night, we moved to seaview sarang which apparently the one and only there and the most lavish villa they have for couple..

    Reviewed September 06, 2012
    10.0
    Exceptional
    wong from Malaysia
    Family with young children
    Seaview Sarang
    Stayed 1 night in September 2012

    Great resort with private beach, natural.”

    Great location, with a beach full of coral and tropical fish and even a turtle!!

    We stayed at japamala for 3 days 2 nights. We chose seaview sarang for our second night. Aruni,the manager walked us to our Sarang. The moment Aruni opened the door we had to agree the Sarang worth all! It was super hugeee, about triple size of their smallest villa and very secluded to offer us utmost privacy. Thanks for the staff thoughtful, they had already prepared extra 2 beds for our kids. From info we read, very minimal trees being chopped during construction of this resort and to not disturb the natural landscape, you’ll find each and every villa is rather designed to fit their original location. One obvious example seen in our Sarang, the big rock was not moved but instead made a nice, natural hide for our small plunge pool :), the rock pool, hot hot small jacuzzi pond.. During the last night we were at japamala, our 2 kids were in sad mood.. and telling us that they wish to come back again soon. They can't even bear to leave here. Hahaha.. my cute boy told us, he wished to get photo with aruni, other staff too so that if next time he comes back here, he could remember their face. Thanks Jon, aruni, and other staff whom I dont know their name. Thanks for your thoughtful and wonderful day we had spend in japamala. See you next year

    Reviewed September 06, 2012
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Maria from Argentina
    Couple
    Jungle Luxe Sarang
    Stayed 2 nights in June 2012

    Amazing”

    Great service, best location and great food

    Japamala resort is stunning. Beautiful rooms with all the facilities. Great location, with a beach full of coral and tropical fish and even a tortle!! the hotel staff looks after you without being overwhelming, food was great, specially the Italian restaurant. I couldn't ask for a better place to stay!

    Reviewed June 29, 2012
    9.7
    Exceptional
    Yeon from Malaysia
    Group
    Hillside Sarang
    Stayed 2 nights in December 2011

    Unique resort with great service”

    Well Design Sarang, privacy, very thoughtful service provided

    I love this resort very much, though i stayed there during raining season. Very relax, good view, good food, great service.The staff there are very thoughtful and helpful, it was a wonderful and relaxing short trip for me and my sis, we enjoy it very much. Will definitely return to this paradise during sunny season to explore more about Tioman. And, the Spa is wonderful, must try.

    Reviewed March 10, 2012
    9.0
    Exceptional
    Stephenie from Singapore
    Couple
    Tree top Chalet
    Stayed 2 nights in January 2012

    One of the few last paradises left”

    Exclusivity, pristine private beaches, great service

    This resort is truly one of the few untouched paradises left. Rustic and untainted, it really brings you back to nature. JapaMala only has 13 villas so it can provide very personal and attentive service to every guest. Once you arrive, the Resident Manager will escort you to your villa where it is already pre-cooled and jazz music filled. No check-in is required nor signature requested after each restaurant meal as they know every guest by face. Even for the beach cabana drinks ordered, they will know which villa you're from before you tell them. As this is a private beach/part of Tioman, the only way to get there is via their sea taxi and a 2-way transfer for 2 will set you back

    Reviewed January 27, 2012
    8.7
    Excellent
    JIAYIN from China
    Couple
    Sea Cliff Chalet
    Stayed 2 nights in December 2011

    Friendly staff”

    Away from the world

    went for holiday for 3 days 2night. i love the place. it's away from the world without huge crowded and network. lol. itf you really want to relax, go japamala!!! staff are friendly adn great, food is delicous thought a bit pricey and limited choices but nevertheless l love the 3days 2 night holiday. basically doing nothing. lol. for people who is looking for exceitment, this is not the place for you. seriously nothing much to do, it's a great place to short get away to relax and spend more time with your partner. they will tidy up your room whenever you left the room and they will provide chocolate every night. they have lots of dvd for rent. foc. however the dvd quality isn't very good. 2 out of 3 dvd which i borrowded only can watch half way. that's quite annoying. we went during the moosoon season but very lucky that the weather is very good during our holiday there. the view from the balcony is super nice. beautiful sunset!!! we will be back!!!

    Reviewed January 12, 2012
    8.0
    Excellent
    pelita from Maldives
    Couple
    Hillside Sarang
    Stayed 3 nights in December 2011

    beautiful, secluded, exclusive, extremely relaxing”

    a do-nothing by the sea resort, love the sea breeze while dining at mandi-mandi, my hillside sarang for its luxury amidst jungle, friendly and attentive staff, and the food is good enough to be true on such a small island :)

    if you are looking for nothing to do, this is a place where you can just chill out in luxury. and if you get a little restless, there is always short, easy to moderate hikes all round the resort, or take a short trek to nearby genting village for some local food ans snack supplies, (but please do that when its peak season otherwise most shops are not opened otherwise just soak in the sun and sea breeze all-day long with a good book, sip their signature 'monsoon drink' and order a pizza from mandi-mandi restaurant. for more adventurous tastes, try the appetiser platter from tamarind terrace, loved the salmon parcels - salmon fllet wrapped in vietnamese rice paper and pan-fried till just done and served with a dollop of fiery green chilli coulis. to complete the japamala experience, book a 2-day bliss package (best deal on the list)and get an hour each day of masssage, paired with a scrub on the first day followed by an aromatic bubble soak in the jaccuzzi complete with honey lemon drink on the side....

    Reviewed December 26, 2011
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    Reviews of Japamala Resort by Samadhi from real guests

    Overall rating
    8.8
    Excellent
    From 509 reviews
    9.3Room comfort and quality
    9.2Service
    9.0Cleanliness
    Agoda Reviews (389)Booking.com Reviews (120)
    Rating via Agoda8.8
    /
    10
    Cleanliness8.9
    Facilities8.3
    Location9.0
    Room comfort and quality9.3
    Service9.1
    Value for money8.2
    High score for Tioman Island
    Rating
    9+ Exceptional (190)
    8-9 Excellent (93)
    7-8 Very Good (27)
    6-7 Good (15)
    <6 Below Expectation (24)
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    Mar - May (71)
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    7.6
    Very good
    Trang from United States
    Solo traveler
    Tree top Chalet
    Stayed 3 nights in June 2019

    Not as good as expected”

    Japamala is a high end place for mostly couples who do not like too much activities such as swimming/snorkeling/diving. Japamala is a quiet place where people sit around on lounge chairs all day long, reading or watching the ocean. The bungalows are large, beautiful but have issue. The A/C was not strong enough to cool up a large wooden unit. The A/C got overheated often (after running for close to 1 hour) and turned off automatically. Once the A/C power got low or turned off, it needed to be turned on again. As the bungalows are in wood, the A/C did not make the room very cool. In order to cool off the bungalow with low A/C, all window coverings needed to be close to prevent the sun to come in, making the room very dark. Paying a high price for the accommodation, I felt going on a tiptoe to make the A/C running. It was a terrible feeling for the guest to accommodate the room and not the other way around the room to accommodate the guest.

    Reviewed July 06, 2019
    8.4
    Excellent
    Miguel from United Kingdom
    Couple
    Sea Cliff Chalet
    Stayed 4 nights in June 2019

    Slight improvements needed”

    Very good overall, however the resort does not quite reflect the cost. Slight improvements are needed and attention to detail must be enforced. We really like the food and the hard working and friendly staff but we also noted overworked staff not fully engaged with guests. We believe management needs to consider extra staff during the breakfast time and around the beach cabanas as it felt like were not properly looked after. This would be in a 2 or 3 start resort but a 5 start resort should exceed a customer expectations and go the extra mile. Additionally, we felt like the boat transfer from the nearby Genting village to the hotel should be free of charge as boat is the only reliable a d easy accessible method of transport to the resort. We will be back

    Reviewed June 10, 2019
    2.0
    Ravi from Singapore
    Family with young children
    Penghulu's House
    Stayed 2 nights in April 2019

    Simply sont waste your time here”

    This resort claims they are 5 star. They have no stable electric facility and no internet. Be prepared for blackouts and suffer in the pitch darkness for many hours. They do not even have a back up generator Dont bother to stay here i do not want to write much as i am frustrated i spend $1500 for 2 night for this trash of a place. Please skip this resort there are much better resorts in tioman way cheaper and more reliable

    Reviewed April 18, 2019
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Finn from Germany
    Couple
    Sea Cliff Chalet
    Stayed 2 nights in April 2019

    Amazing location with luxury elements and amazing staff ”

    This was my second visit at this resort. Everybody is just amazing, especially Aruni the manager and Rashid from Bangladesh in housekeeping. So friendly,helpful and always smiling. He really brings everything you need for a company like this!! Food amazing, drinks tasty and the sea cliff chalet is super beautiful. Nice clean Beach, will definetly come back again. Greetings from Germany!

    Reviewed April 11, 2019
    9.2
    Exceptional
    Yock from Singapore
    Couple
    Tree top Chalet
    Stayed 1 night in June 2018

    Beautiful resort, helpful and friendly staff ”

    The resort is an eco resort and is quite luxurious. We had originally booked a sea cliff room but got a jungle sarang instead. The issue seemed to have been on the Agoda platform as the resort had gotten the booking in the system as jungle sarang. As the resort was full and the jungle sarang was a bigger room, we had no choice but to accept it. The staff at the resort was apologetic and nice about it and are also trying to find out what happened to the booking. Other than that. We enjoyed the experience. The beach was clean with crystal clear water. We saw great corals, fishes, stingray, even a turtle while snorkeling. The room we had was very nice, it had a living area, a balcony, a huge bathroom and a large bedroom. It was a giant tree house and was quite an experience. They made quite an effort for the food and it was rather enjoyable. But the whole fish at market price was not worth it as it did not taste fresh and was pricey.

    Reviewed July 02, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Fathin from Singapore
    Couple
    Sea Cliff Chalet
    Stayed 3 nights in November 2017

    Exceptional”

    All staffs are commendable for their warmth and friendliness right from the ones that is responsible fetching to and fro with the speedboat. Hats off them being a superb multitasking in different scope. I see passion and teamwork that keeps them going. That makes our stay even worth in that tranquil location. Thank You!

    Reviewed November 10, 2017
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Hishamuddin from Malaysia
    Family with teens
    Penghulu's House
    Stayed 2 nights in June 2016

    Perfect place to hang out with family.”

    If the flight service is available...would give perfect 10 to the vacation at Japamala...however travelling by speedboat from Mersing is not that bad either....only 4 and half hour travel by road from KL to Mersing a bit of a challenge. Once you arrive...you forget about the journey...only the destination. Memorable....unforgettable.

    Reviewed June 06, 2016
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Foo from Malaysia
    Couple
    Tree top Chalet
    Stayed 3 nights in January 2015

    Heaven on Earth!”

    Serenity, Staff Performance and Seclusion

    It was excellent, the team that is behind the resort provide us with excellent services. From knowing each name personally, customizing food and entertainment according to our preferences. Due to the absence of telco signal on the island, you will enjoy the serenity and seclusion that is provided by the island. It is the place to be if you need to disconnect from the world just to be with your significant other. Kudos once again to the team, I would certainly come back to the resort if given the chance.

    Reviewed September 03, 2015
    9.3
    Exceptional
    Rahiza from Malaysia
    Couple
    Jungle Luxe Sarang
    Stayed 3 nights in January 2015

    Amazeballs!!!”

    Beautiful scenery, cozy room, fantastic service

    We had great pleasure staying at Japamala although it was monsoon season. The view is simply breathtaking..the staff are amazing..they really pay attention to every little details to make ur stay a pleasant ones..the food is delicious..a lil bit pricey but it suits the quality of the food served..the room is superb..extremely cozy..the housekeeping staff ensure that the room is tidy..smelling great at all times..the candles are lit..cold drinking water is replenish..The staff..James, Ayuni, Mike, Zamani and Sam were ever so helpful and friendly..we felt we were at home.. When we first arrive in our Jungle Luxe Sarang..we were welcomed by a fruit basket and coconut lengkong..the lengkong is simply delicious so we thought of ordering it from the menu on the next day..but James told us that the kueh is not avaiable in the menu..to our surprise..the next day..someone knocks on our door and delivered our coconut lengkong!!! Tq James!! U r awesome!! We have enjoyed our stay at Japamala and hope to go there again...a great resort if u r looking for tranquility and total relaxation..

    Reviewed January 22, 2015
    8.7
    Excellent
    Kulnan from Thailand
    Couple
    Seaview Sarang
    Stayed 3 nights in January 2014

    Excellent, but need to know what to expect”

    Staff, staff, and staff

    Overall this has been a great stay. Service is excellent - Aruni, Mike, and all the staff have been extremely accommodating of every request possible. Very courteous and friendly but not overly overdoing it. I think the service is overall the part that made this stay very comfortable and smooth. Room is good - The sea view Sarang is large, naturally built. The room is made from wood and in some area in need of renovating and repair. There is an outdoor tub connecting to the room and a large balcony with another dip pool with waterfall. The area has a few insects like ants around, so if you are freaked out with this kind of thing, then this is not a place for you. Surrounding - The hotel is at the beach, beautiful area, not much snorkelling opportunity in terms of coral but many fish around. Food - We ate mostly on Mandi Mandi on the jetty, super nice setting on the beach, food is good. Activity - This place is for relaxing, food, and spa. They do arrange boat trips as well. There is no in house diving center but they do arrange dive trip with other dive centers.

    Reviewed February 06, 2014
    9.3
    Exceptional
    huang from Singapore
    Couple
    Hillside Sarang
    Stayed 1 night in May 2013

    fantastic!! definately a wonderful trip.”

    superb view, super nice food and superb relax environment

    this is definately a great hotel. however, the only draw back is that, been surronded by forest. there tends to have lots and lots of flies. We booked hill side sarang and ended up not using the pool, as there's just too much flies out there.

    Reviewed June 30, 2013
    8.7
    Excellent
    Sau from United Kingdom
    Couple
    Hillside Sarang
    Stayed 3 nights in November 2012

    Quiet resort with a castaway feel”

    Quiet resort on a beautiful island

    Such a beautiful island. Well worth a visit (and may be more return visits to come) after first hearing about this paradise more than 20 years ago. Resort is small and really quiet, and facilities frankly not that great. But that is how I like it, without the trappings of the big brand names. The hillside sarang is really well designed in Malay style (I suppose), great for a getaway for doing absolutely nothing! Nice fruits and food as well, and surprisingly at very affordable price.

    Reviewed November 12, 2012
    9.3
    Exceptional
    Wei from Malaysia
    Couple
    Tree top Chalet
    Stayed 2 nights in September 2012

    Great place to stay”

    Simple, Cosy & Clean

    We enjoyed our stay. Staff were nice and friendly. Unfortunately, there is no phone reception at all in the island. If you want to experience fishing squid at night, you can try it at the jetty. Bring along your fishing gear....

    Reviewed September 18, 2012
    9.7
    Exceptional
    wong from Malaysia
    Family with young children
    Tree top Chalet
    Stayed 1 night in September 2012

    Tioman's best secret resort~”

    own private beach,Snorkeling

    We took a very early morning trip from mersing jetty to genting village at around 6.30am. Reach genting village at about 8.30am, we didnt need to wait long and japamala speedboat arrived. Finally reached Japamala’s very own jetty, the water beneath so clear that we could see colorful fishes swimming and even live coral. The jetty also serves as one of their dining place, Mandi Mandi Restaurant where you can dine under the sky, or better, stars if you’re lucky! we then brought to reception area with built as a glass house.We were served lemongrass welcome drink. We only had 3 days 2 night at here. First night, we stayed at tree top chalet,with no#13, i think thats the best room with best view for tree top chalet, thanks Aruni for the arrangement. WE love mandi mandi restaurant, and met a very nice friendly staff , Jon, who is from Myanmar. The staff there are very thoughtful, and even gave my 2 kids a beach play set and ball,to my 2 kids when they had nothing to play at the beach. We met nice family who are from itali too, they will have a conference at singapore soon. Very amazing that they took 3 weeks to travel all around Malaysia before they reach japamala. Second night, we moved to seaview sarang which apparently the one and only there and the most lavish villa they have for couple..

    Reviewed September 06, 2012
    10.0
    Exceptional
    wong from Malaysia
    Family with young children
    Seaview Sarang
    Stayed 1 night in September 2012

    Great resort with private beach, natural.”

    Great location, with a beach full of coral and tropical fish and even a turtle!!

    We stayed at japamala for 3 days 2 nights. We chose seaview sarang for our second night. Aruni,the manager walked us to our Sarang. The moment Aruni opened the door we had to agree the Sarang worth all! It was super hugeee, about triple size of their smallest villa and very secluded to offer us utmost privacy. Thanks for the staff thoughtful, they had already prepared extra 2 beds for our kids. From info we read, very minimal trees being chopped during construction of this resort and to not disturb the natural landscape, you’ll find each and every villa is rather designed to fit their original location. One obvious example seen in our Sarang, the big rock was not moved but instead made a nice, natural hide for our small plunge pool :), the rock pool, hot hot small jacuzzi pond.. During the last night we were at japamala, our 2 kids were in sad mood.. and telling us that they wish to come back again soon. They can't even bear to leave here. Hahaha.. my cute boy told us, he wished to get photo with aruni, other staff too so that if next time he comes back here, he could remember their face. Thanks Jon, aruni, and other staff whom I dont know their name. Thanks for your thoughtful and wonderful day we had spend in japamala. See you next year

    Reviewed September 06, 2012
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Maria from Argentina
    Couple
    Jungle Luxe Sarang
    Stayed 2 nights in June 2012

    Amazing”

    Great service, best location and great food

    Japamala resort is stunning. Beautiful rooms with all the facilities. Great location, with a beach full of coral and tropical fish and even a tortle!! the hotel staff looks after you without being overwhelming, food was great, specially the Italian restaurant. I couldn't ask for a better place to stay!

    Reviewed June 29, 2012
    9.7
    Exceptional
    Yeon from Malaysia
    Group
    Hillside Sarang
    Stayed 2 nights in December 2011

    Unique resort with great service”

    Well Design Sarang, privacy, very thoughtful service provided

    I love this resort very much, though i stayed there during raining season. Very relax, good view, good food, great service.The staff there are very thoughtful and helpful, it was a wonderful and relaxing short trip for me and my sis, we enjoy it very much. Will definitely return to this paradise during sunny season to explore more about Tioman. And, the Spa is wonderful, must try.

    Reviewed March 10, 2012
    9.0
    Exceptional
    Stephenie from Singapore
    Couple
    Tree top Chalet
    Stayed 2 nights in January 2012

    One of the few last paradises left”

    Exclusivity, pristine private beaches, great service

    This resort is truly one of the few untouched paradises left. Rustic and untainted, it really brings you back to nature. JapaMala only has 13 villas so it can provide very personal and attentive service to every guest. Once you arrive, the Resident Manager will escort you to your villa where it is already pre-cooled and jazz music filled. No check-in is required nor signature requested after each restaurant meal as they know every guest by face. Even for the beach cabana drinks ordered, they will know which villa you're from before you tell them. As this is a private beach/part of Tioman, the only way to get there is via their sea taxi and a 2-way transfer for 2 will set you back

    Reviewed January 27, 2012
    8.7
    Excellent
    JIAYIN from China
    Couple
    Sea Cliff Chalet
    Stayed 2 nights in December 2011

    Friendly staff”

    Away from the world

    went for holiday for 3 days 2night. i love the place. it's away from the world without huge crowded and network. lol. itf you really want to relax, go japamala!!! staff are friendly adn great, food is delicous thought a bit pricey and limited choices but nevertheless l love the 3days 2 night holiday. basically doing nothing. lol. for people who is looking for exceitment, this is not the place for you. seriously nothing much to do, it's a great place to short get away to relax and spend more time with your partner. they will tidy up your room whenever you left the room and they will provide chocolate every night. they have lots of dvd for rent. foc. however the dvd quality isn't very good. 2 out of 3 dvd which i borrowded only can watch half way. that's quite annoying. we went during the moosoon season but very lucky that the weather is very good during our holiday there. the view from the balcony is super nice. beautiful sunset!!! we will be back!!!

    Reviewed January 12, 2012
    8.0
    Excellent
    pelita from Maldives
    Couple
    Hillside Sarang
    Stayed 3 nights in December 2011

    beautiful, secluded, exclusive, extremely relaxing”

    a do-nothing by the sea resort, love the sea breeze while dining at mandi-mandi, my hillside sarang for its luxury amidst jungle, friendly and attentive staff, and the food is good enough to be true on such a small island :)

    if you are looking for nothing to do, this is a place where you can just chill out in luxury. and if you get a little restless, there is always short, easy to moderate hikes all round the resort, or take a short trek to nearby genting village for some local food ans snack supplies, (but please do that when its peak season otherwise most shops are not opened otherwise just soak in the sun and sea breeze all-day long with a good book, sip their signature 'monsoon drink' and order a pizza from mandi-mandi restaurant. for more adventurous tastes, try the appetiser platter from tamarind terrace, loved the salmon parcels - salmon fllet wrapped in vietnamese rice paper and pan-fried till just done and served with a dollop of fiery green chilli coulis. to complete the japamala experience, book a 2-day bliss package (best deal on the list)and get an hour each day of masssage, paired with a scrub on the first day followed by an aromatic bubble soak in the jaccuzzi complete with honey lemon drink on the side....

    Reviewed December 26, 2011
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